A Less Structured, More Learning-Centered Environment

Traditional teaching: "doing something to students." Learner-centered teaching: "doing something with students." Learning-centered: being with students." Do these differences seem semantic? To Jean Ramsey and Dale Fitzgibbons (reference below) they typify three modes of teaching, each located at a different place on a continuum. In the traditional mode, teachers pass on knowledge. Ramsey and Fitzgibbons note that most teachers have moved beyond this conception to a point on the continuum where they find themselves doing activities, exercises, leading discussions, and otherwise working to engage and involve students.

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